84 kilos of cocaine seized as charges laid against Caledon trucker
Published March 17, 2023 at 12:23 pm
A Caledon man is starring down possession and trafficking charges after allegedly trying to bring 84 kilos of cocaine into Canada last year.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) says a commercial truck and 55-year-old driver from Caledon entered Canada at the Blue Water Bridge border crossing in Point Edward on Dec. 14.
The vehicle was referred for a secondary inspection, and that’s when the CBSA says border services officers found 84 bricks of suspected cocaine weighing approximately 84 kg stashed in the vehicle’s trailer.
The CBSA says officers seized the suspected cocaine and officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police took custody of the driver and the evidence.
The CBSA says police have charged Chander Sidhar, 55, of Caledon with:
- Importation of cocaine
- Possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking
The CBSA said the matter is currently before the Ontario Court of Justice in Sarnia.
Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino thanked the CBSA and RCMP for the drug seizure work and for “stopping dangerous narcotics from coming into the country.”
“I had the opportunity to see these efforts firsthand during my visit to the Blue Water Bridge last month, and I look forward to see the difference they continue to make in keeping our communities safe,” Mendicino said in a release.
The CBSA is asking anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity to contact the CBSA Border Watch Line at 1-888-502-9060.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising